Dress – Ann Taylor LOFT Hibiscus Print Maxi Dress (also on clearance at a LOFT Outlet near you!); Denim Jacket – American Eagle Faded Denim Jacket; Shoes – G.H. Bass & Co Queen Bee Maple Wedge Sandals (on clearance in stores); Belt – Anne Taylor LOFT Outlet Store (on clearance in store); Necklace – gift from InChul (Nicaragua Mission Trip)
I’ve been feeling more irritable than usual at work (not overtly…I tend to internalize it when I’m in a professional setting). It’s not that anyone is doing anything in particular that makes me irritable. It’s me…I’ve just been a lot more moody and cranky. I’m just physically and mentally tired (which explains why I’m rarely smiling in these photos nowadays). Plus, knowing that what may be the busiest and most stressful 11 months of work is looming on the horizon (as we get ready to launch the revised curriculum for the 3rd and 4th year Clerkship Program in July 2014) doesn’t help.
I’ve been telling the husband it’s likely because we haven’t had a real vacation (an extended, “no pressure of work or family” type vacation) since our trip to Puerto Rico back in the summer of 2011. And we probably won’t get an opportunity to do so until after he’s done with residency, or maybe even fellowship (considering the vacation time he’s given is always used to visit his family…which is nice, but isn’t really “stress free” for me as the daughter-in-law).
That’s where this outfit comes in. Partially, I put this together because I felt I had to justify the purchase of this maxi dress (haven’t worn it publicly since it’s purchase back in the beginning of July). But mostly, it’s a reflection of my want (my NEED!!) to escape to a tropical paradise and simply let my mind and body drift into vacation-induced bliss. Sure, I was sitting at my desk, staring at the computer screen all day. But something about this yellow and white hibiscus print maxi dress made the whole experience just a bit more “tropical island-y” (making up new adjectives helps too).